The College of Business (COB) is a professional school. You must meet eligibility requirements as a Pre-Major and apply to be admitted into a major of choice. The process is competitive! 

When to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Majors and GPA Criteria & Other Options Available

Application Details

Pro-School Application Submission Link

Additional applicant information:

Early Access to Pro-School Classes

Adding or Changing Majors After Entering Pro-School

What if You are Not Accepted 

When to Apply

You must meet all Pro-School eligibility requirements to apply. You will be notified of a decision during the term you apply, typically during week 7. If accepted, you will be admitted to Pro-School for the following term. 

Application periods for 2017-18

Spring 2018

Open: Friday, March 30
Close: Sunday, April 15

Predicted application periods for 2018-19

Summer 2018

Open: Friday, June 22
Close: Sunday, July 8

Fall 2018

Open: Sept. 7

Priority Deadline for ACTG, BIS, FIN, or MRKT: Sept. 13 [Eligible applications received after Sept. 13 will not be given access to enroll in fall sequence courses.]
Close: Oct. 7

Winter 2019

Open: Friday, December 14
Close: Sunday, January 20

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to Pro-School, you must:

  • be a current OSU Pre-Business major.
  • reach 90 credits by the end of the application term (junior standing).
  • have completed, or are registered to complete in the current/application term, all remaining Pre-Business Core requirements
  • have an All-Inclusive Business (AIB) GPA that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AIB GPA for the major(s) for which you are applying.  The AIB GPA is the average of grades earned in the Business Degree Program Coursework (both transfer and OSU grades) and grades of any additional business courses taken at OSU.  If a class has been repeated, then refer to the Retaking Courses policy to see which grade is used to compute the AIB GPA.
  • have grades of C- or better in all Business Degree Program Coursework, which includes all Pre-Business Core, Pro-School Core, and Major Specific Courses that are required to earn a specific business degree (both transfer and OSU grades).
    • If you have a grade that is lower than a C- in Business Degree Program Coursework, you must be enrolled to retake this course in the upcoming term to be eligible to apply. Note: your AIB in MyDegrees may no longer include the grade you are replacing but it will be counted in your application.  Please see a COB advisor for help calculating your GPA.
    • If you currently have an Incomplete with a D, D-, F, or N predicted grade, your grade must be updated to complete (with a C- or better) prior to the Pro-School application deadline to be eligible or you must be enrolled to retake the course.

Incoming transfer students, who have not yet completed any OSU courses, must also:

  •  first complete START orientation and register for BA 381 in your first term before applying to Pro-School.

Majors and GPA Criteria

Admission is competitive, Meeting or exceeding the Eligibility AIB GPA or Competitive AIB GPA does not guarantee admission to Pro-School or major(s) of choice.  If you have two majors which are of interest to you, you may apply to a first and second choice. If you are accepted into both majors then you will be placed into your first choice major. Or, if you plan to pursue two majors, you can apply to two and potentially be accepted into both majors. Online students are not eligible to double major with an on-campus business major.

This table of information pertains only to the current application period.

  Available Campus AIB GPA
DISCIPLINE/MAJOR Corvallis E-Campus Eligibility Competitive
Accountancy* Yes No 2.75 2.80
Business Information Systems Yes No 2.50 2.75
Finance Yes No 2.70 2.80
Management Yes No 2.70 2.75
Marketing Yes No 2.70 2.75
Business Administration** Yes Yes 2.50 -
  • Digital Marketing Option
No Yes 2.50 -
Yes No 2.50 2.65
No Yes 2.50 -

        Family Business Option

Yes Yes 2.50 -
  • Marketing Option***
No Yes 2.50 -
  • Merchandising Management Option

Yes No 2.50 -
  • Retail Management Option
No Yes 2.50 -
Yes Yes 2.50 -


AIB GPA: The AIB GPA is your All-Inclusive Business GPA. It consists of grades from all the Business Program Coursework including those taken at OSU and transfer institutions.

Eligibility AIB GPA To be eligible to apply to a major, students must have an AIB that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AIB GPA. 

Competitive AIB GPA: This is the minimum AIB GPA needed in order to be competitive when applying for a given major.

*Additional Accountancy Requirements:

  • A grade of "C" or better is required in both BA 211 and BA 213 if applying for the Accountancy major. All Accountancy major coursework must be taken on a graded [A-F] basis. Selection into the Accountancy major primarily occurs in the fall, and accepted students are admitted into the Accountancy major for winter term1. Those students who have an AIB GPA of a 3.0 or higher may be considered for early admission during the application processes in the winter, spring and summer terms.
  • Accountancy applicants must also submit a resume by uploading it into the application. Resumes must be submitted using MS Word or PDF file formats.
  • Accountancy majors will be also expected to sign the Accountancy program Statement of Ethics on the first day of class in ACTG 317.

**Additional Business Administration Major Information:

  • This major is a stand-alone major and cannot be combined with any other business major.
  • Suggested elective credits to reach the 180 total needed to graduate include completing an option in International Business through a COB international business exchange OR completing a non-business minor.

***Business Administration with Marketing Option cannot be combined with the Marketing major.

Other Options Available

International Business (IB)- You can add an IB option to any major listed above by successfully completing the Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Program. 

Accounting Information Systems (AIS)- Only Accountancy majors may apply to add the AIS option.

Application Details

  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.
  • You can only submit one application per term.  If you resubmit your application in a given term, the most recent submission will be used.
  • You can apply for up to two majors per application.
  • You will be asked if you agree to:
    • comply with the COB Academic and Professional Standards.
    • release your academic records to the College of Business major faculty reviewing your application.
    • an automatic change of your academic record to reflect your new major, if you are accepted into that program.
  • Essay questions:
    • If you plan to pursue a major which has a competitive GPA listed in the chart above, you will be asked to address the following essay question: Describe your overall career objectives and how completion of your selected major will help you achieve those objectives.  Answers are limited 1000 characters and will be cut off if they exceed the limit.  It is recommended that you compose your answers to the essay in a separate Word document and copy and paste the responses into the application form. Remember to check your grammar and spelling.
    • When explaining why you selected a possible second major, do not indicate why it may be your second choice.
  • Application supplements:
    • Attachments: MS Word or PDF format only. Please make sure your name and student ID number is indicated either in the document and/or in the title of the document.
    • Transcripts: Send all transcripts with any Pre-Business coursework completed or in progress at other institutions before you apply. If the courses are not yet showing in MyDegrees, upload unofficial transcripts with the application.
    • Resume: Accountancy applicants must also submit a resume.
    • Documented Disability Petition: Students receiving learning disability accommodations from the University Disability Access Services (DAS) office may petition to request an exception to the eligibility requirements. Petitions must specify first-term accommodation requests. Pro-School admissions may then be considered based on academic performance over a minimum of the three most recent terms of accommodation. Students will be required to authorize the DAS office to discuss their documentation with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. 



 Additional Pro-School Application Information

Early Access to Pro-School Classes:

Pre-Business majors may request Early Access to up to 3 Pro-School Core Courses before entering Pro-School.

Adding/Changing Majors After Entering Pro-School:

Pro-School students can apply to add or change their major during any term by using the Pro-School online application. Students must meet the eligibility criteria for the new major for the application to be considered

What if You are Not Accepted:

Unfortunately, it is not possible for the College of Business to admit everyone into their desired majors, and there are always some students who do not get accepted to Pro-School.  If this happens to you, then it is a good idea to consult with an advisor to think through your next steps.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself before you see an advisor:

Do I want to…

  • work on raising my business GPA and reapply another term to the major(s) I selected?
  • consider applying for a less competitive Corvallis campus business major in a future term?
  • consider applying to the Business Administration degree with a General Business option through ECampus (online degree)?
  • consider applying to a less competitive business major in a future term at the Bend campus?  OSU Cascades in Bend offers a Hospitality Management major or a Business Administration major with a General Business option—both of which have a lower competitive AIB GPA than the Corvallis campus majors.  They also offer the Accountancy major in Bend, check with a Bend advisor regarding the minimum AIB GPA required.

Consider pursuing a non-business major?  There are several majors on campus with lower or no GPA requirements, some of which can be finished in a similar amount of time. See link below for a sample list of Alternative Business-related Majors.